In Andhra Pradesh, the ruling YSRCP is facing significant turmoil in the constituency of Mylavaram, where the sitting MLA, Vasantha Krishna Prasad, has emerged as a prominent rebel within the party. Prasad’s rebellion escalated today as he addressed a press conference to shed light on the issues plaguing the party and his discontent with its leadership. However, unlike many rebellious figures, Prasad refrained from venting his frustrations by targeting Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy or the YSR Congress Party (YCP) directly. Instead, he opted to present a detailed and meticulous account of the situation.
Central to Prasad’s grievances is the decision by Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government to shift the state capital from Amaravati. Vasantha Krishna Prasad revealed that he was never consulted by the party leadership regarding this crucial decision, nor were any other YCP public representatives from Vijayawada or Guntur. He emphasized that he had warned against the potential public outcry that would follow if the government reneged on its promise regarding the capital, but his concerns were disregarded.
Mylavaram Vasantha Krishna Prasad further articulated his dismay by highlighting the internal challenges he faced within the party. He disclosed that he endured nearly a year and a half of torment from fellow YSRCP MLAs, who constrained his ability to govern effectively by restricting his autonomy in administration. Additionally, Prasad recounted an instance where he was pressured by the party to conduct press conferences and launch verbal attacks against opposition leaders such as Chandrababu Naidu and Lokesh Naidu. Refusing to engage in such tactics, Prasad faced further scrutiny, including questioning from Jagan Mohan Reddy himself regarding his loyalty to the party.
Expressing his disillusionment with the party’s internal dynamics, Prasad lamented the encroachment of Minister Jogi Ramesh in his constituency’s affairs. Despite raising objections within the party, Prasad’s grievances went unheard, exacerbating his sense of alienation.
Facing this challenging situation, Prasad outlined three potential courses of action. He contemplated retiring from politics altogether or remaining within the YSRCP while exploring other options. Notably, Prasad hinted at the possibility of defecting to another political party, with speculation rife that he may consider joining the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
The prospect of Vasantha Krishna Prasad defecting to the TDP gained traction following the appointment of Tirupathi Rao as the YCP’s in-charge for Mylavaram. This development further fueled speculation about Prasad’s future political alignment and underscored the deepening divisions within the YSR Congress party in Andhra Pradesh.
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